The public perceptions of carbon dioxide capture and storage in the UK

Simon Shackley*, Clair Gough, Carly McLachlan

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The potential public perception of carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) in the United Kingdom has been recognized as a vital aspect that may hinder (or possibly even facilitate) the future development of the CCS option. This chapter talks about the results obtained from preliminary work aimed at exploring and understanding two things: First, the public perceptions of carbon dioxide capture & storage (CCS), both when first presented with the idea and when more background information is provided; second, the perceptions of the key risks and concerns surrounding CCS and what information, policies, and processes would make CCS more and less acceptable to the public. In order to achieve these objectives one should use two complimentary methods: citizen panels in which members of the lay public meet over a five-week period and during which they receive expert evidence and a face-to-face survey of 212 individuals. In conclusion, the chapter opines that the use of CCS, as part of a portfolio of decarbonisation options which range from new technologies to lifestyle changes, should be stressed rather than presenting CCS as a 'stand alone' option.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGreenhouse Gas Control Technologies
PublisherElsevier Ltd
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780080447049
Publication statusPublished - 2005


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